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Program Officer, Postharvest Handling And Agro-processing (Theme 2) At Sasakawa Africa Association

Date Posted: 25/May/2014
Deadline: 05/Jun/2014

Thu Sasakawa Africa Association /Sasakawa Global 2000 (SAA/SG2000), a non-profit non-governmental organization with its office in Nigeria, promotes demonstration and widespread adoption of improved pre and post-production agricultural technologies for smallholder farmers in Nigeria in collaboration with relevant government institutions, farmers’ organizations and private sector.

The project is implemented through five interrelated Themes, one is to improve farm productivity (Theme 1), to promotion improved postharvest and agro-processing technologies (Theme 2), to promote public-private partnerships in support of pluralistic extension delivery and market access (Theme 3), to develop agricultural extension advisory services (Theme 4), and to establish a relevant, efficient and effective monitoring, evaluation, learning and sharing system (Theme 5).

Sasakawa Africa Association is expanding its program to cover additional states in the country and would like to recruit qualified candidates from Nigerian nationals for the following positions:

Program Officer, Postharvest Handling and Agro-processing (Theme 2)

Work background

  • Support the Theme Coordinator in developing and implementing postharvest and agro-processing program in Nigeria. Identify, adapt and promote labour-and time-saying technologies that reduces postharvest and storage losses
  • Analyze the economic and technical feasibility of selected technological options to improve postharvest handling and agro-processing
  • Develop extension materials, Including training manuals and opera6on guides, for recommended technological options
  • Develop and implement training programs for trainers, farmers and/or agro-processors, machine fabricators and service providers on fabrication, use and management of recommended technologies
  • Communicate feedback and provide guidance on technology selection, performance, usage arid management
  • Write and submit periodic (quarterly, semester and annual) technical program reports to the Theme Coordinator
  • Contribute to the development of concept notes and project proposals
  • Reports to and is responsible to the Theme Coordinator
  • Additional assignments as directed by the Supervisor.

Job Requirements

  • Applicant must have a BSc and/or MSc degree in Agricultural or Mechanical Engineering
  • S/he must have worked a minimum of 5 years in development and extension of agricultural technologies
  • Must demonstrate proficiency in the use of computer softwares (word and data processing)
  • Fluent in oral and written English Knowledge of local language such as Hausa, Yoruba or Igbo is an advantage A knowledge and/or application of the following is also an advantage:
    • Computer-Aided Design (CAD) application
    • Engine operation and maintenance
    • Machine standards and certification

Conditions and Remuneration

  • Contract for one year, with possibility of extension depending on performance and availability of funds.
  • Duty station is Kano, with frequent travel within the country.
  • Salary based on the organization scale

Methed of Application

  • Interested professionals are requested to submit an application, including the following nonreturnable documents:
    • Application letters stating intent of interest.
    • Curriculum Vitae with three referees.
    • Copies of credentials.
    • All applications must be made electronically using the following email or postal address: [email protected] or The Country Director, Sasakawa Global, Sasakawa Global 2000, No.8, Kura Road, Off Magajin Rumfa, P.M.B. 5190, Kano
  • Candidates will be pre-screened and only short listed ones will be invited for interview.

Female candidates are encourages are to apply.

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